Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Winner of the Read-A-Thon Quilt Kit

I'm so excited to announce the winner of this beautiful spring quilt kit.
Lisa Marie wrote the most wonderful things about spring and why we sew.
Read below her comments.

Lisa Marie:

Here is just one example of why I love sewing. At a recent family gathering I saw one of my husband's second cousins. We seldom see each other but that night we had a chance to chat a bit and I really enjoyed it. A few days later I was still thinking of that and decided to send her a couple little things to let her know I was thinking of her. I made a quilted potholder and an infinity scarf, which are both quick little projects. I threw in a few handmade notecards and sent it all to her. A week later I got a gushing thank you note from her about how I had made her day and her week by sending the little gifts. Not long after that, my MIL talked about this cousin going on and on about this fabulous package I had sent to her. Just knowing that you can do something, even a small thing, to brighten someone's day is one of the best things about sewing!

Lisa, send me your address so I can mail this kit to you 
and you can start some spring sewing!

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Union Jack Blog Tour Project Bag

I used the small Union Jack panel from the Riley Blake Designs collection. There are so many fun colors to choose from. You might need to do what I did and make several of your favorite colors.
Supplies needed:
1 union jack
1 rectangle 10” x 13” fusible fleece or batting
1 rectangle 10” x 13” coordinating fabric
1 rectangle 2 ½” x 10” for the handle
1 rectangle 5 ½” x 9 ½” thick premium vinyl
10” or larger zipper

1.   Sandwich the batting between the Union Jack 
and the coordinating fabric.

2.   Quilt desired pattern on the Union Jack through all layers. Trim around the outside edge, leaving a ¼” seam allowance.

           Note: Union Jack measures approximately 9 ½” x 11 ¾”

  3.   Cut 2 sections 1 ¼”.                             

 4.   With right sides together place zipper on top of the first 1 ¼” section.

5.   Topstitch on right side of fabric.

6. With right sides together sew 
other side of zipper.

                                                             7.  Topstitch.

8. Sew plastic to the right side of the Union Jack. Finger press seam toward fabric not the plastic. Zig zag edge. Topstitch.

9.Sew plastic to the zipper side of the Union Jack. Finger press seam toward fabric not the plastic. Zig zag edge.


11. Press long handle edges into the center. Press in half again.

12. Topstitch along both folded edges.

13. Pin handle in place.
Note: about 2” in from each side.

14. Sew bottom edge to zipper edge. Zig zag edge. Note: I like to backstitch across both handles
 to secure in place.

 15. Sew and zig zag side seams.
                Note: be careful when going across the zipper to 
                       slow down so you don’t break a needle.

 16. Turn right side out. 
Push all four corners out.

 Aren't they adorable? 
Have fun making many more Project Bags. 
They are so quick and easy to make.

These are so simple you will want to make one for each of your friends. They are wonderful gifts and a great way to store all your on the go projects!

Happy Sewing!


Monday, March 31, 2014

Union Jack Blog Tour

The Riley Blake Design Union Jack Blog Tour starts tomorrow, April 1.

Join in the fun by seeing everyone's blog posts about the creative projects you can make with fabric from the Union Jack Panels.

See here for all those who will be participating. I will be featured on April 3rd.

Stay tuned to see who wins the Read a Thon Quilt Kit.

Happy Sewing!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring Giveaway

Spring is here!

I could smell the grass being mowed yesterday and I got all excited!

I thought I would do a giveaway. I designed the quilt and have taught this at 
Pie Plate Patterns Quilt Retreat.

The giveaway will be a kit called Read-A-Thon and is valued at $60.

It is super easy and super fun! The instructions are simple to read.

The quilt uses the fabric Summer Breeze which is designed 
by Bella Blvd  for Riley Blake Designs.

 To quality you must do the following:

1. Be a follower on my blog
2. Tell me your favorite thing about Springtime and Sewing!

The winner needs to express their passion about why they LOVE sewing and quilting or whatever your talent might be in the fabric world.

I can't wait to hear from you!

Happy Sewing!


Sunday, March 2, 2014

I'm teaching at the...Small Town Quilt Show

I am so excited to be included in this event in Heber City, Utah!!!


If you go the website you will see that I will be doing a trunk show and teaching a class "In a modern way" which will feature everything about Union Jacks and what fun projects you can make with them.


Come and enjoy some beautiful scenery in the mountains in Heber City and hang out with some amazing people...sewists...quilters...enthusiasts...

Happy Sewing!!!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

February That Alpine Quilt Group

I'm really feeling proud of myself for getting back in the saddle and blogging again. What better way to begin the year than to show my quilt group and their fantastic quilts and ideas.

 Here is a beautiful quilt by Flora Gillman. I love her color choices and the applique on the birds is gorgeous!

So talk about Kaffe Fausett Love! This is such an amazing quilt. Look at the wonderful checkerboard border. It's just exquisite. The colors are divine!

The girl who did this quilt has only been quilting about six  months. These are large half square triangles but the best part is how she set them off by using the black and white polka dot. It makes such a statement.

Look at this cute idea for a boy. All the ties are from brothers and dads of a cute little grandson of Wendy Castle, who is getting baptized. She wanted to do something special for him on his eight birthday! Don't you love it!

This is one of Marian Gallians quilts from a Fons and Porter magazine edition. It was made from Riley Blake Designs One for he Boys fabric line.

This was another show and tell. Forgive me for not remembering whose it was but I took a picture because I thought the pattern and colors were unique.

Paula McKinley taught this class at Ruby's Inn and one her students finished this quilt and brought it to show.

Another fun Valentines quilt. It looks orange but the colors are actually reds and pinks. Super easy pattern but a great way to showcase the fabric.

Then begins our trunk show with the infamous Amy Smart of A Diary of a Quilter. She is adored by many. You can check out her blog here.

Here are just a few of her quilts as she tells a story of her quilting journey. She has a wonderful story of handing down the quilting bug through the generations from mother to daughter. She does it in such a humble, beautiful way and shares her knowledge of how she because addicted.

A few antique finds and treasures that she has inherited along the way.

One of her many quilts.

Her love of Sandy Clop quilts.

Sandy Clop scrap love again.

A fun quilt using Seaside of October Afternoon for Riley Blake Designs.

Love this modern take on half square triangles.

Showing her love of vintage sheets.

Dresden plate using stripes. Showcases this pattern nicely.

A fun Halloween scrappy quilt.

Well there were many more beautiful projects and quilts but I had to duck out because I was having a coughing fit. Still fighting this cold.

On to sewing and creating! Keep up the good work.

Happy Sewing!